Yesterday UPS brought my Baron Trunk Rails, and since I did not want to wait I decided *I* (of all( are going to try to mount the rails. And folks you have to ask the ones that know me what it means when I take a tool into
my hands, especially a tool that has nothing to do with bits and bytes. But...
The whole procedure of mounting the rails took ... OK it took me 20 minutes. But that included rolling the bike out of the garage, and finding my 5mm hex keys, and ... but that has nothing to with this. Anyways from start to finish it took *ME* no more than 20 minutes.
Then I took Gremlin out for a test ride. Me likes! Now for some pics.
This is how Gremlin looks like from afar.
No, I did not clean him up yet, as I said, I JUST finished mounting the rails!
Now there is something! Now *I* get use the armrests I installed for Lanette as long as she is not riding with me.
And this shows one of the drawbacks. Currently this is open. Mike, you gotta find SOME solution here. This should be closed off. Would look better!
And for the all the pics in a higher resolution:
Now for a short rundown of the PRO's and CON's:
-) I like the fact I get to use the backrest. The backrest that high up is truely a treat.
-) I like that I can use the Armrests
-) More storage on the bike while alone
-) I think Gremlin looks good with the Truck forward.
Con: (And I KNOW this is the first set of rails and I am the guinea pig! And also at the same time some things are just necessary, but it still needs to be mentioned.)
-) Opening the trunk latch is somewhat complicated (at least with sauges as finger as I have)
-) left and right need to be closed off
-) on the rails *I* got the slots are not long enough, BUT I guess the next tech session will take care of that.
Access underneath the seat is problematic (But Mike said that upfront)
Bottomline: I believe if Mike wants to he could develop this into a very nice product. But even now it is already worth every cent I donated to the water people. (Mike does not sell the rails ?yet? he gives you a set if you donate something to a GOOD charity, which was the reason for me to donate more. Seldomly I find the opportunity to donate to charity and get something for the bike in return. But I hope for the community he will be developing these into a product.)